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Chris Evans: 'It's fine now' Virgin Radio host speaks out after BBC axed project

It all comes after Helen Thomas, Head of Station at BBC Radio 2, addressed their reasons for scrapping the project to inspire children across the UK.

She announced: “We thank Chris for allowing us to continue to run the initiative for the last two years so that we’ve been able to celebrate a full decade of children’s short stories.

“We’d also like to thank Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Cornwall for her support, our partners Oxford University Press, our author judges – Malorie Blackman, Francesca Simon, Charlie Higson and Frank Cottrell-Boyce, the thousands of librarians and teachers who have acted as judges, and of course, all the children who have taken part.”

Elsewhere, the BBC’s statement read: “When Chris decided to leave the BBC to join Virgin Radio, he agreed 500 Words to be produced and broadcast by Radio 2 for two further years, which has allowed the initiative to complete a full decade.”



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